Keto Asian cabbage stir-fry

Keto Asian cabbage stir-fry

This colorful keto stir-fry is not only easy to make but also amazingly tasty. This crunchy delight may become one of your favourite go-to recipes. Consider trying it tonight!

Keto Asian cabbage stir-fry

This colorful keto stir-fry is not only easy to make but also amazingly tasty. This crunchy delight may become one of your favourite go-to recipes. Consider trying it tonight!
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs 650 g green cabbage
  • 4 oz. 110 g butter, divided
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 2 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • 1¼ lbs 550 g ground beef
  • 3 3 scallion, chopped in 1/2-inch slicesscallions, chopped in 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp sesame oil
Wasabi mayonnaise
  • 1 cup 225 ml mayonnaise
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp wasabi paste

Instructions

  1. Shred the cabbage finely using a sharp knife or a food processor.
  2. Fry the cabbage in half of the butter in a large frying or wok pan on medium-high heat. It takes a while for the cabbage to soften, but don't let it turn brown.
  3. Add spices and vinegar. Stir and fry for a couple of minutes more. Put the cabbage in a bowl.
  4. Melt the rest of the butter in the same frying pan. Add garlic, chili flakes and ginger. Sauté for a few minutes.
  5. Add ground meat and brown until the meat is thoroughly cooked and most of the juices have evaporated. Lower the heat a little.
  6. Add scallions and cabbage to the meat. Stir until everything is hot. Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with sesame oil before serving.
  7. Mix together the wasabi mayonnaise by starting with a small amount of wasabi and adding more until the flavor is just right. Serve the stir-fry warm with a dollop of wasabi mayonnaise on top.

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Substituting ingredients

Want variety? You can replace the beef with other kinds of protein like ground chicken, pork or lamb.

If you have other sorts of cabbage like red cabbage or savoy cabbage, they will work just as fine.

If you don't like mayonnaise you can substitute that for crème fraîche, sour cream or even cream cheese.

Storing and reheating

This dish keeps in the fridge for at least 3-4 days. You can also store it in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Thawing and reheating can make the cabbage release its liquids so the dish may be a bit more watery compared to freshly cooked. This does not affect the flavor of the dish.

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233 comments

  1. Kelsey
    how is this 11 carbs a serving? I calculated 22 net grams from the cabbage alone and the only other things that would add carbs would be garlic and green onions which at most would add 5 more net carbs. This only gives me around 7 carbs per serving. What am I missing?
    Reply: #202
  2. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Onion powder and ginger also add carbs. 6g net carbs per serving from the cabbage plus the carbs from garlic, scallions, ginger and onion powder are going to add up. If the specific brands you are using are lower carb, then that is a good thing!
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  4. Kayla
    Can you replace the cabbage with something else?
    Thank you
    Reply: #205
  5. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can you replace the cabbage with something else?
    Thank you

    Yes, you could try bok choy or broccoli. Just keep in mind any substitution would affect carb count.

  6. Jessica
    Hi, I found this tasty enough without changing the recipe. Tip, if you select a different number of servings, modify the amount of butter you use to sauté the cabbage as indicated in recipe instructions. I would like to try the pork variation suggested above.
  7. Susan Moniz
    Tried the cabbage stir fry this evening. It is awesome. Unfortunately I didn't have wasabi to make the Mayo but even without it it was great.
    I'm strictly keto but hubby isn't so I made lo mein noodles for him to go along with this. He loved them both.
    Thank you.
  8. kathryn
    Another winner! I have to say I was skeptical but after reading the reviews I went for it. I did add some sesame seeds in the final saute and used 1/2 cup sour cream instead of mayo. Very good.
    Thank you D.D.
  9. Charlotta
    I skipped the sesame seeds and sauteed the cabbage separately from the ground meat as DH does not like spicy things. This was wonderful!
  10. Deanna
    I would guess that horseradish would be delicious but different and not so much of an asian flare. Horseradish typically goes well with cabbage and is related to wasabi, so it may be good? Not sure how horseradish goes with ginger. Maybe try just a little so you don't ruin the dish?
  11. Ali
    Really tasty hearty and filling meal! I didn't even miss rice with this dish (and I am East Asian haha!) I didn't have any mayo left so I mixed the wasabi with Greek yoghurt, it was delish, otherwise, no substitutions at all. Yum!
  12. Jane
    I subbed hot mustard for the wasabi and it was great! I think I like it even better.
  13. Kelly
    Wow though... so many carbs :/ didn’t really check nutrition ahead of time, and I just ate it... lol it tastes pretty good, but now I’m disappointed that I’ve just consumed 16 carbs in one meal. I shouldn’t have been an idiot.
  14. Kelly
    And meant to say that is wayyyy oily. I used half the butter this time and it turned out so much better.
  15. Terry
    What is the actual serving size for 1k calories? Because they DO matter. Is it 1000 cals g 10gr carbs for the whole recipe?
    Reply: #216
  16. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What is the actual serving size for 1k calories? Because they DO matter. Is it 1000 cals g 10gr carbs for the whole recipe?

    All of our nutrition information is given per serving.

  17. REBECCA
    I thought this was awful. Enough said.
  18. Sanjay
    I am a ovo-vegetarian and wanted to follow the 2 week challenge recipes. I eat eggs but no meat or seafood. Just wondering what would be equivalent substitutes? Tofu, Soy? Would it be same quantity as the meat measurements?
    Reply: #220
  19. wanda briand
    Can I replace the ground beef with pork tenderloin? Thank you
    Reply: #221
  20. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I am a ovo-vegetarian and wanted to follow the 2 week challenge recipes. I eat eggs but no meat or seafood. Just wondering what would be equivalent substitutes? Tofu, Soy? Would it be same quantity as the meat measurements?

    Soy in general is not a good ingredient as it can be a hormone disruptor. The 2 week challenge is not customizable, but we do have vegetarian meal plans. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/meal-plans/vegetarian

  21. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I replace the ground beef with pork tenderloin? Thank you

    We have not tested this with pork tenderloin; generally speaking you may wish to add more fat as pork is a much leaner meat.

  22. Maili
    OMG this was soooo good I forgot I was on low carb and wasn't eating a yummy stir fry! Made as is and ate it all and then some.
  23. Elinor
    This was absolutely delicious. I preferred it without the wasabi mayonnaise.
  24. Jane
    Absolutely wonderful taste. Bit dubious at first how tasty it would be but it was fantastic. Thank you
  25. Yasmime
    What about using chicken instead of ground beef? What would be the macros for that?
    Reply: #226
  26. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What about using chicken instead of ground beef? What would be the macros for that?

    You can run the alternative ingredients through the USDA database to see how they compare.
    https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list

  27. Newbie
    I just made this tonight and it is SO OILY! I could not finish my serving, didn't even bother serving it to the rest of the family. The dogs enjoyed it though. Disappointing considering I'm new to keto and the last two recipes I made from here were delicious.
  28. Amanda
    Made this for the first time this evening as directed but with ground pork instead of ground beef. Worked very well! I really liked the flavour and overall effect. My husband, who doesn’t do keto, liked it even though he generally doesn’t like ground pork. Great way to bulk up the meat and fat with veg. Very tasty. I skipped the wasabi mayo as the only wasabi in my grocery store had tons of sugar in it. The recipe seemed to have plenty of fat in it to be keto on its own too.
  29. Susan
    What can I say, I'm addicted to "crack" slaw!
  30. Peggy
    This recipe is sooo delish. I love cabbage and I love ground beef so to me it is a WIN-WIN! The only alteration I made was by adding my favorite ground beef/liver/heart blend from https://www.northstarbison.com/ They blend 12 oz grass fed beef, with 2 oz grass fed beef heart and 2 oz grassfed beef liver, the flavor is AMAZING.
  31. Diana
    This was sooooo good! Great recipe! Easy to make and so yummy. I may have over eaten 🤦🏻‍♀️!!
  32. Eloisa
    too oily for me, wouldnt make again
  33. Romona
    Hello , I have to ask as I am new and do not understand how large or small is a serving size? Can you please help?
    Reply: #234
  34. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hello , I have to ask as I am new and do not understand how large or small is a serving size? Can you please help?

    This recipe makes 4 servings; you can divide this into 4 equal portions and 1 of those would be a serving.

  35. Helen
    I don’t understand how anybody thinks this is oily, obviously they didn’t follow the recipe. Delicious!! I threw chicken, pork and shrimp together, my husband and son had 3 helpings. Great recipe!!we all loved it!!
  36. Staci
    This was a big hit with my two big-hunk-of-meat loving guys (husband and adult son). I only had ground turkey, so I added a small amount of bacon fat for flavor. Next time I’ll use way less butter. The drizzle of sesame oil was enough. I didn’t think it needed the wasabi mayo, so I didn’t make it.

    I will make this again!

  37. Kris
    We love this at our house. My husband asks for it nearly weekly. We throw the wasabi mayo into the whole thing and mix it into creamy deliciousness.
  38. Rach
    I made this tonight for me and my boyfriend as we are both on the Keto Diet, I didn't add the mince as we had duck, or the sesame oil at the end because we had run out, but it was delicious. Thank you for the Keto friendly recipe :) I will definitely be making this again!
  39. Beverley Simpson
    Made this for dinner tonight, and it was amazing! My husband loved it too, and we'll definitely be having it again!
  40. Margaret
    Another successful Get Started Keto Challenge dish! I used everything asked for in the recipe except for wasabi mayonnaise because I don't like either. Suggestions, anyone?
    Was happy to have my food processor to chop up everything! Used 85% lean beef. Couldn't have fit more than 4 servings of cabbage in my wok. It's not a PRETTY dish, and the first bite tasted a little bland, but the seasonings sneak up on you. Three bites and I was hooked!
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  42. Robin
    I love this recipe. It's in my regular rotation as both a dinner or as a lunch. I often pair it with Better Than konjac noodles. The sesame oil and the wasabi mayo really make this a special treat for the taste buds. Purple cabbage makes a more interesting presentation - but this recipe doesn't hang around long because it's hit with the entire family. Thanks for the great recipe!
  43. HeatherB
    Made this tonight for my whole family. I used spicy mayo as I dont like wasabi. We plan on cutting back on some butter next time as it was a tad greasy for our tastes. Otherwise, we really enjoyed it and it was very filling. I appreciate the higher carb content as I am breastfeeding but even if I wasnt, it's super easy to still stay under 20 carbs especially if you eat simply for lunch and dinner.
  44. Akshay Bhosale
    What an amazing recipe. I tried it this weekend, everyone loved it and its good for health as well. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us.
  45. Rebecca Cooper
    I make egg roll in a bowl often but this version is MUCH better! The wasabi mayo is a great touch! A keeper for sure!!
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